Maverick Tv Series

Updated: 12/07/16 09:14:08 AM

Garner resisted when a studio executive, nervous about ratings, ordered him to dial back Rockford's humor.

Updated: 12/06/16 07:54:42 AM

Garner worked in a variety of jobs and received 2 Purple Hearts when he was wounded twice during the Korean War.

Updated: 12/05/16 04:48:30 AM

Garner's episodes tended to be more comedic due to his obvious talent in that area, while Kelly's were inclined to be more dramatic.

Updated: 12/04/16 01:35:34 AM

Leo Gordon as Big Mike McComb, Bret and Bart's Irish friend who aided them on several adventures.

Updated: 12/04/16 12:15:48 AM

A professional reunion of sorts was planned on the series being produced by Johnson, NCIS (2003), for Jim to come out of retirement in 2008, but it was ultimately decided that Garner's health was still a bit unstable, and friend Ralph Waite was cast instead.

Updated: 12/03/16 10:22:17 PM

Replaced John Ritter early in the second season of 8 Simple Rules (2002), when Ritter pre-maturely passed away in 2003, while in series production.

Updated: 12/03/16 08:46:05 PM

Garner refused to shave the hair off his chest or other body parts for any of his shirtless scenes. Garner was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a widowed small-town pharmacist opposite Sally Field's much younger single mother in the 1985 romantic comedy Murphy's Romance.

Updated: 12/03/16 06:51:24 PM

He has a street named after him in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner Avenue.

Updated: 12/03/16 05:17:02 PM

Beau's amusingly self-described slight english accent was explained by his having spent the last few years in England. James Garner passed away on July 19, 2014, at age 86.

Updated: 12/03/16 03:46:00 PM

John Dehner and Andrew Duggan each played gangster Big Ed Murphy once, among other roles in the series.

Updated: 12/03/16 02:04:05 PM

Though very popular, Garner quit over a contract dispute with the studio after the series third year and was replaced by Roger Moore as cousin Beau, nephew of Beau Maverick.

Updated: 12/03/16 12:56:35 PM

His ex-Maverick (1957) co-star, Jack Kelly guest-starred with him in a two-part episode of The Rockford Files (1974), in 1977. Garner starred in 21 films from 1961 through 1971, when he returned to television in the short-lived Nichols, an NBC western set in 1914 Arizona.

Updated: 12/03/16 11:08:24 AM

Lost his mother when he was 5, and he and his two brothers were split up and sent off to live with relatives.

Updated: 12/03/16 09:47:53 AM

As Bret Maverick, the dapper roving gambler, Garner was anything but a traditional western hero. Near the end of World War II, the 16-year-old Garner dropped out of high school and joined the merchant marine.

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